Martin Zeller-Jacques is a film and television researcher and freelance media commentator based in the North of England, the husband of the illustrator Julia Zeller-Jacques, and the proud step-father of four children. His academic work centres around television narrative, gender studies and comic book adaptations, while his journalism encompasses contemporary media culture as a whole. You can also read his work at The Big Picture Magazine online (http://www.thebigpicturemagazine.com/) and on his Screentime blog (http://mediatedfamilyliving.blogspot.com/), which explores the conflicts and contradictions of both studying media and living in a media-saturated contemporary family.
President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid managed to negotiate a compromise with the Republicans just two hours before a shutdown would have occurred. President Obama didn't have it as easy as The West Wing's Jed Bartlet.
The key to the success of pop-star turned physicist Professor Brian Cox's shows is in their titles: Wonder. Each episode is replete with stunning nature photography shot in some of the grandest locations on Earth.
As with so many trends, the increasing prevalence of transnational television is either a building block in a utopian post-national society enabled by the democratising power of new media, or the inevitable by-product of the audience fragmentation and personal atomisation occasioned by new media.
TV is better than film. The best scripts, the best acting, and the best directing are deserting the multi-plexes for the freedom of the small screen. But all TV series should die by the end of their second season.